Calendar of Events – May 2019


Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Anderson, MO: 8 am-noon, Saturdays, Hwy 71. 417.223.8888.

Grove, OK: 8 am-2 pm, Wednesday and Saturday, downtown.

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Wednesday and Saturday, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesday and Saturday from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesday, 8 am-1 pm Saturday, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10 am-3 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance. 417.347.5646.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesday TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Nevada, MO: Saturday 8 am-12 pm, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Webb City, MO: Tuesday 4-7 pm, Thursday 11 am-2 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS

May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Fishing Jackpot Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake.

May 3: Camp Franklin, all day. A living history on the grounds of Miners Hall Museum includes re-enactments to get a glimpse of what it was like for young immigrants to leave their homes overseas and travel to Southeast Kansas to work in the coal mines.

May 3-5: Four State Farm Show, 7:30 am-3 pm Friday and Saturday, 8 am-3 pm Sunday, on a 25-acre farm south of Pittsburg. More than 700 exhibits, including agricultural product displays and equipment demonstrations. Call 800.356.8255.

May 4: Outdoor Kansas Kids Day (O.K. Kids Day), 9 am, Lakeside Park. A statewide event designed to introduce children, parents, grandparents and friends to what the outdoors has to offer.

May 4: Cherokee City Wide Spring Yard Sale, 7 am. Sales throughout the city.

May 4: Cherokee Outlaw Car Cruise & Swap Meet Festival, 8 am, downtown Cherokee. Concession stand, lunch at 11 am, live music and 50/50 pot.

May 4, 11, 18 & 25: Pittsburg Area Farmers Market, 8 am-12 pm, Pittsburg Farmers Market Pavilion. 

May 4: Grand Reopening of Girard History Museum, 10 am. Friends of Historic Girard is excited to welcome guests back to the Girard History Museum after being closed for the winter. The museum has undergone an impressive transformation since it was last open!

May 4 & 18: Open Mic Night at Bender, 6 pm, Girard. An opportunity to listen to local artists as they grow. Held the first and third Saturday from February through August.

May 4: Soundcheck, 7-10 pm, Colonial Fox Theatre. Live concert featuring local bands at the Colonial Fox Theatre in downtown Pittsburg. Admission is $5.

May 4: Dead Metal Society (‘80s rock), 8 pm, The Corral in Kansas Crossing Casino. Free show.

May 4: Members Only band, 9 pm, Banjos north of Frontenac.

May 4: Sugarpill (pop, rock, hip hop, R&B), 9 pm, The Pink Pickle in Girard.

May 10: 2019 Pittsburg Area Chamber Foundation Golf Classic, 8:30 am, shotgun start at Crestwood Country Club. 

May 11: Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ 5K, 1 Mile Walk & Kids Fun Run, 6:30 am, Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg. Packet pickup and late registration at 8:15 a.m. Honors the life and spirit of Dylan Meier, who still reminds us to live each day to the fullest.

May 11: Downtown Girard Craft Fair & Flea Market, 9 am-3 pm, downtown Girard.

May 11: Paint & Sip, 2 pm, Bender on 7 in Girard. Held the second Saturday of each month.

May 11: Pro/Am Mixed Martial Arts – Walkout FC: Border Wars, 8 pm, The Corral in Kansas Crossing Casino. Tickets available at

May 11: Bill & Monica’s Excellent Adventure (‘90s tribute band), 9 pm, The Pitt, downtown Pittsburg.

May 16-21: NCBA D2 World Series, Jaycee Ballpark, Pittsburg. The winners of eight regions will compete for this collegiate club baseball national championship. The championship game is May 21.

May 17 & 24: Live Music On The Lake, 6 pm, Crawford State Park north of Farlington. Musicians perform on the patio at Lake View Cafe or from the deck overlooking the lake, just below the cafe.

May 19: Monthly program: Basket Weaving, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum in Franklin. Jean Jack will demonstrate making a melon basket using imported reed.

May 23-27: Mission Days Festival in St. Paul, 9 am-4 pm. Celebrate the history and heritage of the founding of Osage Mission/St. Paul, Kansas, in 1847. Events include parade, 5k, arts and crafts show, corn hole and horseshoes, and live music. 

May 24-26: Street festival in downtown Mulberry, 9 am. Festival with homecoming. Events include parade, turtle races and other kids’ games, food vendors, cake walk, reunion and alumni banquet, garden tractor pull, plus live music by the Ridge Runnerz.

May 26: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum in Pittsburg.

May 27: Memorial Day Ceremony, 9 am, PSU Veterans Memorial on the campus of Pittsburg State University. Open to the public. 

May 31: Live Music On The Lake, 6 pm, Crawford State Park north of Farlington. Musicians perform on the patio at Lake View Cafe or from the deck overlooking the lake, just below the cafe.

Columbus, KS

June 1: Columbus City Wide Rummage Sale, 7 am, sales throughout the city.

Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

May 1: Pittsburg High School Performing Arts, 6 pm, 11th Annual Feast and Follies event. Silent auction, dinner, bar and performance helps raise money for PHS’s performing arts program. For tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit

May 2: Pittsburg Young Professionals’ PAINT PARTY, 6-8 pm. Learn to paint a rustic American flag! Cost: members $25, non-members $30, open to the public. Cost includes paint supplies and instruction. Cash bar will be open.

May 4 & 5: Nexstar Dance Competition. To register, please visit This event is open to the public.

May 7: Pittsburg Youth Chorale’s Spring Recital, 6 pm. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door. Seating opens at 5:45 pm.

May 9: Pittsburg Community Middle School’s Spring Band Concert, 7 pm. Free to the public and has GA seating.

May 16: City of Pittsburg Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm. Help us save lives! By appointment only. Call Jenna Spencer at 620.231.7827 for appointment today.

May 20 & 21: PCT’s NEWSIES auditions, 7 pm. Pittsburg Community Theatre will host auditions for their summer musical NEWSIES. This event is open to the public. No prepared piece is required. The show dates are July 18-21.

Carl Junction, MO

May 3: Carl Junction Area Chamber 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, 1 pm, Briarbrook Country Club. 4-person scramble with shotgun. Contact CJ Chamber at 417.649.8846.

May 4: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adult.

May 4: Recycle 4 States, 9-11 am, 301 N. Main. Safely dispose of computers, cell phones, water heaters, microwaves and anything that plugs in. Secure document shredding done on site and cardboard collection. Open and free to all Four-State residents and businesses. No limit on items accepted. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

May 4: Ozark Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale, 8 am-2 pm, Powers Museum, 1617 Oak Street, across the street from the Carthage city park. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, etc., flowers, herbs and misc. For more information, check out the Ozark Master Gardeners Facebook page.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

May 4 & 5: Encouraging The Next Generation, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend and mentor to many Tuskegee Institute students and other young people who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships and a group of young men often referred to as “Carver’s Boys.”

May 11 & 12: Women In George Washington Carver’s Life, 1 pm. Throughout Carver’s life, many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors for Carver, encouraged him to succeed.

May 18: National “Kids To Park” Day, 10 am-2 pm. Kids to Parks Day is a national initiative that began in 2011 and is organized by National Park Trust “to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands.” Join a ranger and explore the 240-acre Carver farm that George Washington Carver explored as a young child.

May 19: Exploring The Carver Museum Collection, 1 pm. Join a park ranger as we celebrate International Museum Day to learn about the park museum collections and see some of the artifacts currently housed at George Washington Carver National Monument.

May 25 & 26: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

May 3: First Wine Share, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or craft beer to share. Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge to attend WineShare, and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. 417.501.9649.

May 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm on Main Street in downtown Joplin. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Call 417.501.9649.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO

All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

May 1 & 4: Preschool Nature Connections: Birds, Bees & Flowers (ages 3–6), May 1, 1-2 pm; May 4, 10-11 am, at Wildcat Glades Park Pavilion, 201 Riviera. Discover the connection between birds, bees and flowers in this interactive workshop. Kids will become bees and learn about pollination and how bees help flowers. Registration required. Call 417.708.7713. Free.

May 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, Wildcat Glades Park Pavilion, 201 E. Riviera Dr. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page. Space is limited.

Anderson, MO

May 18: Berries, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, 8 am-7 pm, Dabbs Greer Park, 200 E. Main St. Bluegrass bands, strawberries, arts and crafts, tasty BBQ and more! Check out the popular donut-eating contest, the Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, food and entertainment. Call 417.845.2363.

Neosho, MO

May 7: Job Fair, 12-4 pm, Neosho Civic, 109 W. Main. Hundreds of available positions of all kinds. Call 417.451.1925.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

May 6: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Webb City, MO

May 11: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5 pm. Downtown. X-Treme Powersports and Webb City Chamber present Route 66 Cruise Night Downtown Webb City. Dash plaques to the first 50! This is a free event open to everyone, DJ, trophies and door prizes. Call 417.673.1154.

May 23 & 24: Citywide Garage Sale, 6 am. Sales throughout the city. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

May 11: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, two miles east of Grove on south side of highway. Performing: Keith Brothers & Family. Call 417.775.4121.


Cultural Events


Carthage, MO

Through May 19: artCentral presents Conversions in Color, ArtCentral @Hyde House, 1110 E. Thirteenth St. Gallery hours during exhibitionsFridays & Saturdays, 12-5 pm; Sundays, 1-5 pm; all other days, call 417.358.4404 to schedule a visit. Call 417.358.4404 or visit

May 7: artCentral Fundraiser-Give Carthage Day, 7 am-5 pm, sponsored by Carthage Community Foundation, Give for artCentral’s GIVE! 4ART! Fund! Go to and make your donation May 7. Help grow and expand our mission to support, share and teach fine arts in greater Carthage. Call 417.358.4404.

May 10-12 & 17-19: Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, Barefoot in the Park, 6:30 pm; Sundays 12:30 pm; 2466 Old 66 Blvd. A romantic comedy focusing on a pair of newlyweds. Call 417.388.1466.

May 11: artCentral Studio Workshop, 2-4 pm. Fee: $30. Connie Miller, Conversations in Color.

Neosho, MO

May 9: Crowder Quill Ceremony and Poetry Reading, 7 pm, Elsie Plaster Community Center Auditorium, 601 Laclede Ave. The Crowder Quill, a literary and art magazine of Crowder College, will host the annual awards ceremony with a campus- and community-wide poetry reading. Call 417.455.5540.

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


May 4: Indigenous, 5:30 pm at Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24 St. From the Yankton Sioux Reservation, the blues-inspired rock group, Indigenous, comes to Coda Concert House to promote their newest album, Gray Skies. More information:

May 9: Family Theater: Anne of Green Gables, 4 pm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Road. ArtsPower’s heart-warming musical, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novels, follows Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she’s always wanted. Call 417.781.5124.

May 10: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, 7 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) at Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton, the bigger-than-life front man, earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, blues-styles that captured his imagination early in life. More information:

May 25: Wilder’s 2019 Summer Concert Series/May (ages 21+), 6-11 pm, Wilder’s Event Center, 1208 S. Main St. Enjoy a night of dynamic music by Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Chucky Waggs and the Company of Raggs, Red Oak Ruse, and Skye Pollard. More information:

May 29-June 2: Joplin Little Theatre: 9 to 5 The Musical, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. Call 417.623.3638.

May 30-June 9: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: The Music Man JR., Thursday-Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Avenue. Enjoy the comical, award-winning musical. In this family-friendly story, the town of River City, Iowa, is swindled into supporting a charming salesman, Harold Hill, who claims to be forming a boys’ band. Call 417.553.0755.


May 2: 1st Thursday Art Walk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale. Call 417.438.5931.

May 3: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. 21+. Call 417.501.9649.

May 7: Connect2Culture Roundtable: Media Panel, 6-8 pm at Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Call 417.625.6683.

May 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Call 417.501.9649.

May 20: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6-8 pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Open mic sign-up begins at 6 pm.

May 25: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café, 705 Illinois Ave. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. Email:

Bookhouse Cinema: Independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood showing a variety of independent, classic and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. Check website for pub hours and show times. Call 417.825.5161. 


May-June: Sculpture by Justin Hale, Joplin Public Library. Call 417.623.7953, x.1041.

May 1-May 10: 2019 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Gallery. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations but also to offer exposure for participating member artists.

May 1-May 18: PhotoSpiva 2019, Spiva Center for the Arts. Celebrating its 43rd year, PhotoSpiva 2019 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country.

May 3-11: Senior Capstone Project Exhibition, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. This annual show features works by graduating seniors as part of their graduation requirements. Gallery hours are 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday. Call 417.625.9563.

May-June: Paintings by Lydia Humphreys at Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Call 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

May 4: House Story: Researching Historic Sites & Structures, 10:30 am-12 pm. Discover why people research old homes and buildings, gain basic to intermediate knowledge about how to conduct this kind of research, and learn about common resources you can use. Call 417.623.7953.

May 7: Chat N Craft (adults), 5:30-8 pm. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Call 417.623.7953,

May 9: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm. The Writers’ Guild includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

May 11: JOMO Ukesters Ukulele Club, 2:30-4 pm. Bring your ukulele and join for ukulele singalongs and the opportunity to learn a new song. Call 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-4:45 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30 am, 10:45 am & 4 pm. This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Suggested age: birth to 2 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30 am. Library staff use this 30-minute story time to share favorite short stories, simple songs and rhymes. Suggested age: 2 to 3 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11 am. Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time, library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets and more. Suggested age: 4 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4 pm. It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested age: 2 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (grades 1-5), 2-3 pm. This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. More information: 417.623.2184.


First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30 pm. For chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday; 9:30 am, 2:30 pm on Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Call 417.623.7953, x.1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2 pm. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.

RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5-9 pm. RSVPaint is combining the best of both worlds with its Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Cost: $28-$58. More information:

Thursdays & Fridays: 7-9 pm, Saturdays: 10 am-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 7-9 pm, Sundays: 2-4 pm. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Cost: $38-$78. More information:

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

May 4: Mother Daughter Pendants with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 10 am-12 pm. Every mother loves handmade jewelry! Enjoy this glass pendant class and create the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Cost: $30. Call 417.623.0183.

May 4: Stroll & Sketch with Cyndi Cogbill (ages 13+), 10 am-12 pm. Learn how to use materials offered by the natural world to inspire you and help fill your sketchbook. Sketchbooks provided. Cost: $25. Call 417.623.0183.


May 2: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm. Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: 417.623.0183.

May 10: 2019 Small Works Auction: Closing Party, 5:30-7 pm. As Spiva’s Small Works Auction comes to an end, celebrate your recent purchases or make a last-minute bid on your favorite piece. Call 417.623.0183.

May 18: Screen Painting with Sarah Serio (ages 13+), 1-3 pm. Bring your simple screen-printing design to life without any chemicals or dry time! Tote bag provided. Cost: $30. Call 417.623.0183.

May 18: Anatomy Drawing: Face with Sandra Conrad (ages 15+), 11 am-1 pm. Learn some tips and tricks that will allow you to skillfully capture faces on the page. Cost: $20. Call 417.623.0183.

May 25: Beginning Jewelry with Melissa Davenport (ages 15+), 10:30 am-3 pm. Expand your wardrobe’s accessories by creating your very own jewelry! Craft your unique pieces using copper, beads and other materials. Cost: $40. Call 417.623.0183.

Firehouse Pottery: 112 S. Main St., Joplin, MO

Fridays: Date Night, until 8 pm. Two-for-one studio fees for all couples. Call 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+), until 8 pm. Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with free studio fees. Call 417.553.0671.

Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835. 

artForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway Pittsburg, KS

Call Artforms Gallery at 620.240.0165 to register for any workshop. Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th St., Pittsburg. Payment is due at time of registration.

Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks. You will make three sketchbooks. All materials supplied for you. Ages 12 and above unless accompanied by adult. $30 paid by April 2 to reserve your spot; 25 students.

May 5: Fused Glass: Pocket Vases for Spring, 1-4 pm. Artist: Dianne Miller. $50 for 4-5 small projects. Class limit: 10; ages 14 and older.

May 10: Paint and Sip Evening! “Barn in Spring,” 6-8 pm. Artist: Sharon Keller. Materials provided, ages 21 and older. BYOB. $35.

May 11: Introduction to Air Brush Painting, 3:30-5:30 pm. Artist: Kevin Henderson, $25.

May 24: Paint and Sip! “Intro to Abstract Painting,” 6-8 pm. Artist: Sharon Keller. Materials provided, you supply your drink. Ages 21 and older; BYOB, $25.

May 26 & 27: Wheel-throwing, 2-5 pm. Artist: Daria Claiborne. Ages 16 and older. $50 for one session or $90 for both sessions. Class is limited to 8 participants and fills quickly; workshop is held at Cow Creek Pottery.

May 28-31: Young Artist Camp. Art instructor: Nicole Meyer-Foresman. 6-9 years old, 8:30-9:30 am; 10-12 years old, 10-11:30 am, 13-17 years old; 12–1:30 pm, $50 for 4 days.


Health Events


Galena, KS

May 7: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

May 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

May 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

May 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

May 8 & 22: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

May 14: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance, 417.347.5646.

May 2: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555 for appointment.

May 7: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

May 7: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

May 7: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

May 7: Freeman Friends and Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Preregistration required. Fee: $15. 417.347.4448.

May 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

May 9: Will’s Place Block Party, 5-7 pm, Will’s Place, 1800 W. 30th St. In honor of children’s mental health month, Will’s Place is hosting an evening of free family fun. Enjoy health and community information booths, free food, photo booth, giveaways and activities for kids and teens. 417.347.7725.

May 14: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

May 14 Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd, back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

May 16: 27th Annual Tournament of Miracles, 7 am-6 pm, Peoria Ridge Golf Course, 10301 S. 600 Rd, Miami, Oklahoma. Enjoy guilt-free golf at the 27th Annual Tournament of Miracles, benefitting your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The tournament is a shotgun start with two starting times: 8 am and 1:30 pm, with lunch provided. 417.347.4652.

May 21: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 1W, 2W and 4W. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Roll up your sleeves to save as many as three lives. Donors are encouraged to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive. 417.347.4603.

May 21: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

May 24: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

May 28: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

May 28: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Dr. Brian Curtis, Freeman neurosurgeon, will discuss pain management before surgery and how opioid use has impacted surgeries. He will also discuss the latest techniques in back and neck surgery. Refreshments and blood pressure checks available. Call 417.347.5837.

Freeman Auxiliary

Freeman Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale

May 9: 9 am – while supplies last. Freeman Gift Galleries at Freeman Hospital East and West and Freeman Business Center Lobby

May 9: 9:30 am – while supplies last. Freeman Neosho Gift Gallery

Great Mother’s Day gifts at affordable prices. Hanging basket, $18; ferns, $16; and potted geraniums, $9. 417.347.4603

Freeman Auxiliary Tupperware Sale

May 29: 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Rooms

May 30: 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms

Shop an assortment of colorful Tupperware items. Cash, check, credit card and payroll deduct. PRN, Ozark Center, Crothall and temporary employees may use cash, check or credit card. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. 417.347.4603.

Mercy Hospital – other

May 2: Weight Loss Seminar occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm. Location: Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

May 4: Walk With a Doc, 9 am, meets the first Saturday of every month in the Butterfly Garden north of hospital entrance sliding doors. Join a Mercy physician for a 5-minute health topic and a walk along Mercy’s walking path.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.

May 8: Cancer Caregiver Support Group for Women meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

May 8: Cancer Survivor Support Group for Men meets the second Wednesday from 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

May 13: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

May 13: Mastectomy Fit Event with American Breast Care, 10 am-2 pm, Sisters Health Boutique, 100 Mercy Way, Cancer Center Entrance. Call 417.556.2605 to schedule an appointment.

May 17: Community Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm, Mercy Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, 2nd floor. Co-sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary Joplin and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

May 20: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8420 or email

May 22: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

May 22: Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. For more information, call 417.556.6487.

May 22: Cancer Survivor Support Group for women meets the fourth Wednesday, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

May 28: Lung Disease Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231.

May 28: Diabetes Support Group – Carthage meets the fourth Tuesday, 4-5 pm at Carthage Water & Electric, 627 W. Centennial. For more information, call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

May 27: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

May 8: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

May 10: NRMC Foundation Caring with Pride Golf Classic, 8 am-3:30 pm, Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course. Support excellent healthcare services at NRMC through this annual fundraiser. Three-person scramble, cash prizes, prize drawings and hole-in-one prizes. For more information, call 417.448.3801 or visit

May 15: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

May 17: Blood Drive, 1-6 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Your regular blood donation at NRMC can help save the life of a local blood-loss victim.

May 21 & 23: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

May 25: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

May 29: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

May 9: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

May 9: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

May 14 & 28: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

May 2: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

May 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.